The showrunner for Netflix’s upcoming Marvel’s Iron Fist has punched himself into a new gig.
Our friends at Slashfilm report that Scott Buck, one time showrunner for Dexter, has been brought on-board ABC’s new event series Marvel’s Inhumans. It would appear Marvel TV and ABC Studios liked what Buck did for their fourth Defenders show so well that they’d like to see him shepherd the eight-episode introduction to the Inhuman Royal Family set to premiere in September 2017.
Inhumans was originally slated as a film project in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The addition of Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming into the MCU, as well as the sequel Ant-Man & The Wasp, moved Inhumans out of its original planned release date at the tail end of the collected third frame. Eventually, the film was removed from Marvel’s film slate altogether.
Last month, it was announced that Marvel and ABC have partnered with IMAX on the eight-episode series, with the first two episodes to be paid for by IMAX. The episodes will be filmed in the format and enjoy a two-week run in IMAX theaters starting September 1, 2017. The series is expected to start airing on ABC on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
The Inhumans are a race of beings created by the alien race Kree experimenting on primitive homo sapiens. Through a process called Terrigenesis, a gas helps the Inhumans convert to a mutated and powered form. The Royal Family rules the race from their city on the moon.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began actively using Inhumans as a means to explore emerging superpowers on a ground-level scale back in Season 2. To date, they’ve never mentioned the Royal Family. Many had wondered how the planned film might have connected to the TV series characters, and quite a few scratched their heads wondering why the Inhumans were introduced so far ahead of the film.
There are conflicting reports as to whether or not the new Inhumans show will connect in any way with S.H.I.E.L.D.; some state it is not a spinoff of the veteran series. Also, it has not been made clear if the show actually replaces the planned film or not.
Perhaps if Buck knocks it out of the park, all will be answered.
Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres on Netflix on March 17, 2017.